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Free Range Parenting

'Free-Range Kids' And Preparing Children For The World

Alfie Kohn | Posted 02.15.2017 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

Are parents too protective? It's not an easy question to answer because a whole slew of variables are involved.

The Value of Figuring It Out

Hope Perlman | Posted 11.19.2016 | Parents
Hope Perlman

Helicopter Parent, Free Range Parent. These terms are so overused they're as thin as my cotton tee shirts have become. I consider myself on the continuum, somewhere between the extremes of ultra-permissive and overprotective. Somewhere sensible, somewhere kinda in the middle. You know, perfect.

Am I Protecting My Kids or Sheltering Them?

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 10.14.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Don't view education and knowledge as dangerous or harmful. As your child gets older, the amount he or she knows about the world should increase linearly.

Where Are the Free-Range Digital Parents?

Megan Egbert | Posted 08.24.2016 | Parents
Megan Egbert

I am always surprised when these parents -- the same ones who are encouraging their children to walk to the park alone, to venture out into the woods, to play without adults around -- say things like "but we always supervise their technology use." Technology. Where even free-range parents seem to stumble.

An Open Letter to the Easily Offended

Meredith Masony | Posted 08.19.2016 | Comedy
Meredith Masony

Some of you are going to read this and think I'm a bully. Perhaps I am. Or maybe I am just a normal person who refuses to be offended by everything and anything. Maybe I am a person who thinks that life is too short to waste on ridiculous nonsense.

Used To Be

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 06.11.2016 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

While it's unlikely that the halcyon backyard days of the 1950s and '60s will return unblemished, recent high profile cases of so-called "free-range parenting" suggest change may be afoot.

The Value of Boredom

Lori Day | Posted 05.28.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

When I was a child, my parents often ignored me. It's not that they were unkind to me. It's that they had full lives of their own and didn't like playing Candy Land.

Raising Risk-Takers: An Upside of Free-Range Parenting?

Kim Douglass Marin | Posted 05.27.2016 | Parents
Kim Douglass Marin

I do know that my work as a parent is to protect, yes, but also to find ways to push against my kids' boundaries. I want them, after all, to come up with adventures of their own in the years ahead, and feel comfortable selling me on them. That's a version of "free range" I can embrace.

Let's Talk about Free-Range Parenting

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.22.2016 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

Our neighborhood was a place for us to learn. We thought we were having fun, but through play, we were taking a life skills class taught by life itself.

Chiraq: Where a Kid Can Be a Kid

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 05.22.2016 | Chicago
Eileen O'Connor

I realize not everyone has the luxury of living in one of the safest cities on earth. Even Spike Lee is making a movie lovingly entitled, Chiraq. I can actually hear the value of my house going up when I say that word. Chiraq. Cha-ching.

Tips for Leaving Kids Home Alone (Without Going Crazy With Worry)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Leaving a child on his own for the first time can make any parent feel a bit anxious. As with many areas of parenting, it requires balancing factors to come to a decision you feel comfortable making.

A Tale of Two Cities: Free Range in Silver Spring Versus Supervision in Baltimore

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

The debate in the media and around the kitchen table continues to gain momentum. Is free range parenting good or bad for children?

I'm Afraid to Let My Kids Roam

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Do you know what we had to cross to get to the store? A HIGHWAY. By ourselves. All alone. At 10, 9 and 6.

Learning To Pop The Bubble

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

When I was a child, we played outside for hours without any adult supervision. My mom checked on us and gave us lunch while she was inside "getting things done." We spent hours using our imaginations and making our own decisions.

Free Range Parenting: The Key Is Balance

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Yes, it is important for your child to test himself against his environment. However, that environment needs to be both age-appropriate and safe. Children also need supervision and they may venture out further if they can turn back and know that there is a significant caretaker nearby.

Free-Range Parenting, Facing Fears And Letting Go

Carter Gaddis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Carter Gaddis

Listen, we trust our sons. They have proven worthy of that trust time and again. They are growing up well and confident. But they're kids, and we're parents.

Free Range Parenting Will Take Guts, Groups

Sarah Smiley | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

What has happened in one generation to cause a shift in the definition of a bad parent from "someone who lets her kids play Atari all day" to "someone who doesn't keep her kids inside playing Wii all day"?

Free Range Parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv Need to Stop Fighting and Put Kids' Safety First

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Fuller

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, the notorious "free range" parents, need to stop battling Child Protective Services and the "parenting police state" for now and start supervising their two young children so they don't lose them.

10 Photos From The '70s And '80s That Would Get Parents In Trouble Today

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents

When Mommy Shorts creator Ilana Wiles interviewed her mom about raising kids in the '70s and '80s, she learned just how different parenting looked mer...

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

Free-Range Parenting Debate Misses a Critical Point

Jerome Schultz | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

Kids have not been judiciously and purposefully inoculated against difficulty, and when they stare it in the face, they overestimate the size of the challenge and they turn and run or try to hide.

Some Parents Choose To Put Kids In Harm's Way

Julie Gunlock | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Julie Gunlock

It's absurd that senseless fear of a vaccination or certain chemicals used in the vaccination should lead to the unnecessary death or serious illness of a child.

Mom Who Is Being Investigated For Letting Her Kids Walk Home Alone Stands By Her Decision

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

Last month, 10-year-old Ravi and 6-year-old Dvora were walking home from a park when they were stopped by police and driven to their residence about a...

Free-Range Parenting: Easier Said Than Done, But Worth the Effort

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

The goals of a free-range parent are the same as those of most parents: to raise their kids to cope successfully with life, and if possible, be outrageously happy. Humans have been debating how to get your kid to be a successful adult since we began to speak. For free-range parents, the answer is autonomy and responsibility -- early and often.